Here are six books I recommend from what I finished reading in May. Each month we share what we’ve been reading at Jennifer’s.
Books I Recommend
1. The New Jim Crow
Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness
by Michelle Alexander
This book is eye-opening. Read it. You’ll learn things you didn’t know. Such as, “more African American adults are under correctional control today—in prison or jail, on probation or parole—than were enslaved in 1850, a decade before the Civil War began.”
If we truly believe we’re all made in the image of God, we need to understand how we’re treating all segments of our population, not just some. Did you know that the majority of illegal drug users and dealers nationwide are white, but three-fourths of all people imprisoned for drug offenses have been black or Latino?
“We should hope not for a colorblind society but instead for a world in which we can see each other fully, learn from each other, and do what we can to respond to each other with love.”
2. The Power of Off
The Mindful Way to Stay Sane in a Virtual World
by Nancy Colier
Another very good book. Most of us constantly check our phones or computers. Yet we’d rather not. This book shows more mindful ways to engage with technology. It includes a 30-day digital detox program as well as spiritual practices to stay connected with life.
More here, “Where’s Your Phone Right Now?”
3. When Everything Changed
The Amazing Journey of American Women from 1960 to the Present
by Gail Collins
There’s so much I didn’t know. Even though I lived through these past five decades, this research and compilation of stories about women in America during this time period was enlightening. We truly have come a long way in a short time, and let’s not slow down yet.
4. A More Beautiful Question
The Power of Inquiry to Spark Breakthrough Ideas
by Warren Berger
It’s a simple tool we all have: questions. Yet one we underutilize in most aspects of our lives. This book encourages you to stay inquisitive and ask better questions.
More here, “Why Don’t You Ask? And Why You Probably Should”
5. The Undoing Project
A Friendship That Changed Our Minds
Michael Lewis writes such interesting stories about real life events, such as The Blind Side, Moneyball, and The Big Short. This is another good story, about the friendship and work between two Israeli psychologists (Amos Tversky and Daniel Kahneman) on how we make decisions.
6. What the Dog Saw and Other Adventures
by Malcolm Gladwell
A hodgepodge of interesting topics, this is a wonderful compilation of Malcolm Gladwell’s articles previously published in The New Yorker. Stories include why we have more brands of mustard than ketchup, Cesar Milan as the dog whisperer, and the difference between our choking versus panicking in important moments.
- Small Great Things: A Novel
by Jodi Picoult
- 12 Ways Your Phone is Changing You
by Tony Reinke
- The Joy of Living
Unlocking the Secret and Science of Happiness
by Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche
I finished the novel Exit West by Mohsin Hamid, but it didn’t live up to its hype for me. Although I liked the storyline of refugees on the run, I wanted more emotional undertones.
I started the novel The Versions of Us by Laura Barnett, but oh my. I had to stop. The constant flipping between 3 different versions of the same story was mentally taxing and not enjoyable.
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What good book have you read lately? Please share in the comments.
- Why Don’t You Ask? And Why You Probably Should
- On the Blog – May 2017